January 17th, 2024

“Devastating”: west-end daycare to close amidst province-wide childcare shortage

TORONTO – NDP MPP Jessica Bell (University – Rosedale) is calling on the Ford government to revise childcare funding formula to daycares and expand childcare availability as Carmelite daycare in Toronto’s west-end announces their closure. Earlier this week, media reports sounded the alarm about childcare access being at risk unless the provincial government comes through with a sustainable funding agreement.

“Carmelite was a beloved community hub that has provided care to thousands of local families since it was founded over 100 years ago,” said Bell. 

“Everyone is devastated to hear they are closing. Now 175 families are faced with the near-impossible task for finding a new childcare space when most daycares in the area have year-long waitlists. Parents are at risk of losing their job if they don’t find reliable childcare for their children. These are high stakes.  

“To help these families, the Ford government needs to work with local school boards and daycares to help them expand access and meet the demand for care.

“Carmelite’s closure comes at a time when daycares across the province are at risk of closing due to funding pressures. Ford’s Conservatives have failed to deliver a subsidized childcare program that covers the costs of running daycares, recruiting and retaining staff, instead of forcing stagnant and low wages.”

The NDP is calling on the Conservative government to revise the funding formula to childcare centres so the sector can meet parents’ need for high-quality affordable childcare.